Once Again, Russian Internet Propaganda Efforts Shown To Be Much Bigger Than Originally Believed

from the weaponized-bullshit dept

Early on, as the scope of Russia’s disinformation and hacking efforts were being revealed, there was a tendency on many fronts to downplay the depth and breadth of the problem. For example, early whistleblower revelations of Russia’s troll factories–which pump bile and misinformation into the internet bloodstream 24/7–were downplayed as just a few harmless sods posting lame memes in broken English. In time, it became clear that the efforts were larger, broader, and far more sophisticated than initially believed.

The now infamous hack of the DNC was similarly downplayed at first. For years, thanks in large part to nonsense and conspiracy theory, there were widespread claims the DNC had hacked itself. Others implied (and still do) that the hack was some kind of mass delusion. We now know the hack was part of a documented attack by Russian intelligence, only exposed due to some sloppy opsec by Russian intelligence agents.

Here on planet Earth, one thing keeps being made abundantly clear: the scope of Russia’s disinformation and hacking efforts are continually being revealed as much bigger than both “conventional wisdom” and crackpot wingnut theory dictated. The latest case in point: the Seth Rich conspiracy, which proclaimed that the DNC staffer had been covertly murdered instead of being robbed, has infected brains across the internet for years now. While the theory was never true, it gained traction thanks to a wide variety of voices ranging from Wikileaks to Fox News.

But a new multi-part report notes that, once again, what was surmised to be just random conspiracy birthed in the bowels of 4chan actually had its foundations in Russian disinformation. The report notes that the Seth Rich theory was first planted by Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, in a phony “bulletin” intended to read like a legitimate intelligence report. The apparent goal: to spread doubt about Russia’s involvement and imply the GRU hack of the DNC was actually an inside job. Looking back, you’d have to conclude it was at least partially effective.

This inside job narrative was also propped up by a number of flimsy companion conspiracies claiming transfer speed data “proved” that the DNC had hacked itself. We’ve already discussed how that well circulated claim, printed unskeptically in several mainstream publications, was based largely on fluff and nonsense, circulated by internet trolls pretending to be anonymous intelligence analysts.

Whatever their origins, it didn’t take long for the planted stories to get picked up by bogus news sites, then funneled into more mainstream arenas:

The purported details in the SVR account seemed improbable on their face: that Rich, a data director in the DNC?s voter protection division, was on his way to alert the FBI to corrupt dealings by Clinton when he was slain in the early hours of a Sunday morning by the former secretary of state?s hit squad.

Yet in a graphic example of how fake news infects the internet, those precise details popped up the same day on an obscure website, whatdoesitmean.com, that is a frequent vehicle for Russian propaganda. The website?s article, which attributed its claims to ?Russian intelligence,? was the first known instance of Rich?s murder being publicly linked to a political conspiracy.

None of this is to say that there isn’t plenty of home-grown domestic stupidity to go around that has nothing to do with Russia. Americans are, if it hadn’t been made clear by now, prone to all manner of bullshit–whether it’s the Momo conspiracy theory or bogus news reports (like the recent “cell phones cause horns to grow in kids!” report). At the same time, it’s not hard to see how this gullibility can be exploited, whether we’re talking about foreign or domestic actors. In effect, the internet, for all of its benefits, has also helped weaponize stupidity.

Historically Russia’s efforts were previously believed to be simply the domain of the Internet Research Agency and the Russian GRU. This is the first instance of the efforts also being tied to the SVR, an agency infosec reporters say will likely play a significantly bigger role in disinformation ops moving forward:

Again, while the conspiracy may have been birthed by Russian intelligence and amplified by Russian news outlets like RT and Sputnik, American entertainment outlets like Fox News and Infowars played a huge role in spreading the nonsense. There’s a universe of grifters (including many mainstream journalists) that parroted the claim for three years, few (any?) of which have actually expressed contrition or genuine remorse for their role in the idiotic misinformation parade. Another key player was Julian Assange, whose reputation these days simply ain’t what it used to be:

The Russian effort to exploit Rich?s tragic death didn?t stop with the fake SVR bulletin. Over the course of the next two and a half years, the Russian government-owned media organizations RT and Sputnik repeatedly played up stories that baselessly alleged that Rich, a relatively junior-level staffer, was the source of Democratic Party emails that had been leaked to WikiLeaks. It was an idea first floated by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who on Aug. 9, 2016, announced a $20,000 reward for information about Rich?s murder, saying ? somewhat cryptically ? that ?our sources take risks.?

This might not have been quite as big of a deal if the effort hadn’t bubbled into the mainstream belief structure of American government, undermining efforts at political and election security. As the report notes, the conspiracy theory was also pushed heavily by Trump advisor Steve Bannon, who at one point told 60 Minutes the Rich murder was a “contract kill, obviously.” Granted, the damage is now done, and correcting the record will be all but impossible in the minds of those who still cling tightly to this particular steaming pile of disinformation dogshit.

If you spend any time online, it’s clear that a lot of folks still underestimate the scope of Russia’s disinformation efforts. Many still don’t quite grok how these efforts can help undermine an already shaky trust in the established press, which in turns lets dictators like Putin muddy the discourse waters, obscure rampant criminality and corruption, and weaponize existing stupidity and dissent. And yes–the United States has a long, proud history of engaging in similar behavior, especially in Central and South America. That doesn’t make what Russia has been up to any less of a problem.

While we may become somewhat inoculated to it with some time and a little work, internet disinformation is a genuine problem that most folks still aren’t taking seriously. There’s a universe of reasons the US is so susceptible to it, including substandard education, even worse mental health care, and the failure to adequately fund quality (especially local) journalism. And when you’ve still got huge swaths of folks (including a shrinking segment of popular journalists) insisting the problem either isn’t real or doesn’t matter, it’s abundantly clear we have a lot of work to do when it comes to building a cultural immunity to weaponized bullshit.

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Disturbance in the Farce says:

Thanks! You more than confirmed my prediction two pieces back!

Next you’ll be telling us about the mushroom clouds from all those nukes Iraq had, how the US / UK invasion and "humanitarian" bombing improved the lives of Iraqis.

And claiming Iran attacked tankers by pointing to blurry video of people on deck of a boat supposedly removing a magnetic mine. Yes, people stand close idly watching mines be removed. Sheesh.

And that the Skripals in Britain survived a deadly nerve agent, a means which exactly no Russian would use when others wouldn’t blatantly state exactly who-done-it.

And so on, to any number just off top of my head.

Your "evidence" is just repeating allegations made up by some clown in US "intelligence" who convinced some other clown in "media" to publish — after two years thinking on how to smear Russia.

There’s not actually anything here except opinion. I’m not going to attempt refuting FAKE facts!

If don’t start with your invincible bias, this is a HOOT, a true new low for Techdirt.

All you show here is that your own gullibility increases faster than the shocking ineptness of those making these FAKES.

Gary (profile) says:

Re: Re: In summary:

but mainstream media pushing the crazy leftist views

So you hold an opinion that the sane folks all shun, but Inforwars is your oracle of truth. Because they uncovered Pizza Gate!

Main-Stream. Look at the words you are typing. You are saying that everyone is wrong except for those geniuses who told us Sandyhook shooting (and the moon landing!) was fake.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Another reason why many adults both uneducated and educated may fall for Russian propaganda is they want some excuse for why their current life sucks.

They can’t accept their own life choices (or bad choices of those around them) got them stuck in life (poverty, job loss, illness, etc.) That it just is more palatable that a mysterious organization is directly causing their problems. It gives them hope when they think nothing can change otherwise.

Now I feel bad for the people suffering, especially if crap happened to them through no fault of their own. But passing the blame isn’t going to fix anything.

Thad (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Unfortunately, susceptibility to propaganda isn’t the exclusive domain of Trump supporters. My dad’s a dyed-in-the-wool Bernie guy and he bought the Seth Rich conspiracy theory too.

While Russia was certainly pulling for Trump, getting him elected wasn’t the only goal. The Russian propaganda efforts exploit existing political fault lines, sow chaos and infighting, and undermine faith in institutions. Even getting caught serves the propagandists’ interests — because it makes people mistrust all kinds of political stories, including ones that are accurate.

Toom1275 says:

Re: Re: Re:

Hey, they’re the kind of mental midget who swallows Russia dindu nuffin! stories like "The Skripals weren’t poisoned, they OD’d on fentanyl!" from ‘non-mainstream’ propaganda setnographers* like off-Guardian**. Don’t expect much cognitive heavy lifting from them.

  • ‘non-mainstream’ : alternative-to-facts :: alt-right : white supremacist

** off-Guardian : Guardian :: Gab : Twitter :: 8chan : 4chan

Anonymous Coward says:

I’m not a Trump supporter – he is a terrible leader and a worthless human being – but this article is total trash. Nowhere in this entire article is there one bit of proof or evidence offered that the Russians did anything – let alone "more than previously thought". I don’t know if this article is a result of a deranged Techdirt intern who drank the CNN/CIA kool-aid or something more nefarious, but either way its a stain on the reputation of Techdirt.

What’s really incredible is how the entire article revolves around the unsolved murder of Seth Rich. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to acknowledge that his murder is unsolved. Nobody has been charged or tried for his murder. Maybe it was random street thugs, maybe it was DNC operatives, maybe it was space aliens – the only thing we know for certain is that his murder remains unsolved. How on earth can you say for certain who did or didn’t murder Rich if his murder remains unsolved? Your claims are just as baseless and unhinged as the conspiracy theorists who claim to know for certain it was the DNC (or someone else).

Hopefully Techdirt will clean house and get rid of whoever is writing trash like this, which is better off at Mother Jones or MSNBC, or it will be off my reading list.

Stephen T. Stone (profile) says:


Hopefully Techdirt will clean house and get rid of whoever is writing trash like this … or it will be off my reading list

Threats like this are the surest sign of impotence. If you were going to take Techdirt off your reading list, you would’ve done so without making a fuss. Instead you whine and complain as if you believe Techdirt will be a much worse site if you stop visiting it. (Spoiler: It won’t.)

No one cares whether you think Techdirt is garbage. No one cares about your “I’m leaving FOR-EH-VER!” schtick¹. If you hate the site, leave. If you won’t leave, at least be quiet.

¹ That schtick, by the by, is all but a signal that you’re going to keep on hatereading the site anyway. That would put you in the same league as the troll brigade, so…yeah…

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

So an IP address can’t identify a particular person pirating IP, but can identify a specific GRU officer working inside of GRU headquarters?

Smells like BS to me. If the claim was that it belonged to GRU HQ, that would be plausible, but to claim it belonged to a specific officer in the HQ is laughable. Even if we could determine that, we wouldn’t admit it, because that would indicate we have intelligence sources inside GRU HQ, and that’s not the sort of info you just give away on the internet where Joe GRU Guy can read it.

Baron von Robber says:

Re: Re: Re:

It helps when the Dutch hack you and your cameras.

"Candid camera: Dutch hacked Russians hacking DNC, including security cameras
AIVD shared data on "Cozy Bear" with US, helping thwart 2014 State Department hack."

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Re: MOA link

"Strange how I posted the same link nine minutes later and did in a rude manner and yet was not flagged. "

It was, you just didn’t wait long enough for people to read it before commenting.

"Moon of Alabama is a well regarded site."

Is it? As many commenters here have noted, a lot of people here have never heard of it. If you post a link with no explanation other than "these people say it better", and you’ve never heard of the site, it looks like someone spamming, hence flagged.

Mark Gisleson (profile) says:

Re: Re: stunned

An anonymous blogger who goes back to early 2000s and has an excellent track record on calling BS on lies about foreign policy.

But if this post surprised you, you’re missing a lot of major coverage on Russiagate. Whole thing has fallen apart and is now a laughingstock except among certain members of the media. Very surprised to see such a gullible take published here at Techdirt.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 stunned

because nobody is actually this stupid in real life.

You are. You don’t know math, you are a proven liar, you can’t understand hardware vs software. I could keep going as all of your stupid comments are traceable through your account.

So yes, you are a perfect example of somebody being stupid in real life.

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: stunned

"An anonymous blogger who goes back to early 2000s"

I hope you’ll see why "anonymous blogger who you haven’t heard of before" is not considered a reliable resource, unless you want to actually tell people why they are one when you post a link. Especially when you try to insult people when they ask why. The internet’s a big place, not everyone wallows in the same ponds.

Personanongrata says:

Russia, Russia, Russia

Once Again, Russian Internet Propaganda Efforts Shown To Be Much Bigger Than Originally Believed

Apparently you missed this wonderful report authored by Gareth Porter back in November 2018 found at consortiumnews.com:

Italicized/bold text was excerpted from a report titled – 33 Trillion More Reasons Why The New York Times Gets it Wrong on Russia-gate :

Facebook Said 80,000 Russian Posts Were Buried in 33 Trillion Facebook Offerings Over Two-Year Period Further Undermining NYT’s Case

Stretch was expressing a theoretical possibility rather than an established fact. He said an estimated 126 million Facebook members might have gotten at least one story from the IRA –- not over the ten week election period, but over 194 weeks during the two years 2015 through 2017—including a full year after the election.

That means only an estimated 29 million FB users may have gotten at least one story in their feed in two years. The 126 million figure is based only on an assumption that they shared it with others, according to Stretch.

Facebook didn’t even claim most of those 80,000 IRA posts were election–related. It offered no data on what proportion of the feeds to those 29 million people were.

To put the 33 trillion figure over two years in perspective, the 80,000 Russian-origin Facebook posts represented just .0000000024 of total Facebook content in that time.


Personanongrata says:

Re: Re: Russia, Russia, Russia

Thad (profile), 9 Jul 2019 @ 2:35pm

Re: Russia, Russia, Russia

That…certainly does seem to debunk a completely different story than the one the article is about.

Did you read Gareth’s report?

It directly rebuts this articles opening paragraph :

Early on, as the scope of Russia’s disinformation and hacking efforts were being revealed, there was a tendency on many fronts to downplay the width and breadth of the problem. For example, early whistleblower revelations of Russia’s troll factories–which pump bile and misinformation into the internet bloodstream 24/7–were downplayed as just a few harmless sods posting lame memes in broken English. In time, it became clear that the efforts were larger, broader, and far more sophisticated than initially believed.

Thad perhaps you should brush up on your reading comprehension skills.

If any person wanted they could peruse the citations provided for this article and see for themselves the sketchy sources cited (ie Yahoo News, Muellers indictment of GRU members that will never be tested in court, etc).

Additionally William Binney one time Technical leader for Intelligence at NSA has put forth a credible alternative theory to Clinton/DNC’s dirty laundry being publicized.

Italisized/bold text was excerpted from an open letter to the president found at consortiumnews.com titled –

Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence :

Key among the findings of the independent forensic investigations is the conclusion that the DNC data was copied onto a storage device at a speed that far exceeds an Internet capability for a remote hack. Of equal importance, the forensics show that the copying was performed on the East coast of the U.S. Thus far, mainstream media have ignored the findings of these independent studies [see here and here].

Independent analyst Skip Folden, who retired after 25 years as the IBM Program Manager for Information Technology, US, who examined the recent forensic findings, is a co-author of this Memorandum. He has drafted a more detailed technical report titled “Cyber-Forensic Investigation of ‘Russian Hack’ and Missing Intelligence Community Disclaimers,” and sent it to the offices of the Special Counsel and the Attorney General. VIPS member William Binney, a former Technical Director at the National Security Agency, and other senior NSA “alumni” in VIPS attest to the professionalism of the independent forensic findings.

The recent forensic studies fill in a critical gap. Why the FBI neglected to perform any independent forensics on the original “Guccifer 2.0” material remains a mystery – as does the lack of any sign that the “hand-picked analysts” from the FBI, CIA, and NSA, who wrote the “Intelligence Community Assessment” dated January 6, 2017, gave any attention to forensics.


ynoj evi says:

Thank god

Where else can I get pictures of nude women and bullshit propoganda on the same website. I think they have a fucking template that they use. And I don’t care. I get to admire the (mostly) pretty women and laugh at their stupid commentary. The latest is all about Tommy Robinson and how we should give him regugee status…they must think we’re all fucking nitwits.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

How do you measure this? Polling? Qualitative research of social media (such as use frequency of terminology common to Russian propaganda by the average person)?

I mean it’s clear that politicians and many in the media are hyper-focused on the topic and are understandably sensitive to word of it. But I’m hesitant to translate the knowledge of the elites to the knowledge of the commonfolk, as it were.

Zof (profile) says:

My Favorite Thing

How the "russian hackers" ended up just being facebook advertisers. And they spend like, 400 grand. Which bought 5 minutes of adds. Then later, they weren’t even russians. It ended up being a Ukrainian clickbait operator making a fortune off of angry supporters on both sides.

But that doesn’t fit the bullshit narrative of the story. In fact, REALITY isn’t good for this story at all.

Zof (profile) says:

One More and I'll stop and leave for the day.

My absolute favorite thing in plain site that THIS SITE would NEVER talk about is the fact that John Podesta STILL sits on the board of a Russian energy company named Rosatom, owned by one… Putin.

Google it. Funny, the Washington Post never mentioned something you can google so easily. Despite them being very interested in who has relationships with Russians……

Thad (profile) says:

Re: The DNC Leak was not propaganda

The DNC leak revealed revealed the DNC leadership’s outrageous bias against Bernie Sanders and lead to several resignations, but you’re saying it was actually just Russian propaganda?

I don’t see the article making that claim anywhere.

The e-mails were real. The way they were acquired and distributed was through a Russian propaganda effort. It is possible for accurate and damning information to be acquired through illegal and unethical means and distributed as part of a foreign power’s agenda. The two things are not contradictory. It is possible for the DNC and the Russian government to both be bad.

Anonymous Coward says:

Honestly, I've been saying from the beginning...

Right from the outset of this conspiracy theory, I’ve been saying, who gained the most from Rich’s death? Even if part of the conspiracy theory were to somehow turn out to be be true, and he was in fact assassinated, then if anyone, the SVR would be the #1 suspects because they gained the most out of the whole ensuing debacle.
Have some Russian mob goon shoot a DNC staffer dead in a robbery, pump out propaganda and conspiracy theories. Way more credible than any more overly convoluted conspiracy theory implicating anyone else.
Still more effort than simply taking advantage when such a shooting straight-up happens.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Poor poor liberals, still harping on about Russia, hoping to find traction somewhere.

Absolutely! Because if liberals are right about election interference by Russians, then that would make a whole bunch of conservatives look like easily manipulated pathetic retards.

And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about conservatives, it’s they don’t need Russian help to look like morons – they have religion for that.

R,ogs/ says:

Re: Re: Re:


The guy is clearly calling out (((lookists))).

Would you have called him an anti-semitite if he had instead called out all of those filthy Israeli billionaires, ADL/AIPAC and Hollywood scum and Jeff Bezos, et al by name-these who are corrupting our elections AND media?

Paranoid, delusional anti-semitic conspiracy theories only benefit these aforementioned "hate industry” profiteers.

william e emba says:

The decline in US journalism is partly deliberate

A link in the article above pointed to an account of the worsening effect the financial decline in local news journalism is reflected in the dumbing down of Americans.

What’s extra-depressing is that a lot of that financial decline in local news journalism is a deliberate right-wing money campaign.

Anonymous Coward says:

When it comes to foreign meddling in another nation’s politics, "tendency to downplay is the same as tendency to betray."They betray our democracy and our nation with every word they say to make it seem less serious, especially so because they stand to gain something in return be it political power or straight up money like the folks at FOX do whenever the issue is brought up.

Captain Slog says:

Gosh, minion: same day you blather JUDGE finds NO Russian Gov't!

In Major Blow to Mueller, Federal Judge Rebukes Mueller and DOJ For Falsely Claiming `Russian Bot Farm’ Linked to Russian Government

In a major blow to Mueller, judge Friedrich said, "Save for a single allegation that Concord and Concord Catering had several "government contracts" (with no further elaboration), the indictment alleges only private conduct by private actors."

Judge Friedrich continued, "In short, the Court concludes that the government violated Rule 57.7 by making or authorizing the release of public statements that linked the defendants’ alleged activities to the Russian government and provided an opinion about the defendants’ guilt and the evidence against them. The Court will therefore proceed to consider the appropriate response to that violation, beginning with the possibility of contempt."


Mike Masnick (profile) says:

Re: Gosh, minion: same day you blather JUDGE finds NO Russian Go

Let’s try looking at the same story from a credible source, as opposed to one regularly posting fake news.


Oh, look. What a different story. Yes, the judge scolded the DOJ (as she’s scolded the Russian firm many times during this case as well), but the concerns were merely about Mueller and Barr’s public statements which might appear prejudicial… and then she still allowed the case to move forward without sanctions, noting that whatever prejudicial effect their comments may have had can be cured through a variety of means around jury selection.

In other words: pretty typical stuff. And not "a major blow".

Seriously: stop reading propaganda sites.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Gosh, minion: same day you blather JUDGE finds NO Russia

Seriously, do you work for the Deep State?

I read this wonderful article recently about "Fake News" – it basically said the problem was that all the advertising money is going to Facebook and Google, and "traditional" journalistic enterprises are starving to death, relying instead on "click bait", hence the epidemic of "Fake News". Advertising revenue is gone, leaving only fanatics and deeply invested State actors to promote narratives that support their cause.

That’s you, Mike. That’s the basis for this article. A Deep State narrative that is foolish (Russian Collusion) posing as "news" on a site that supposedly promotes "journalism".

Ridiculous on it’s face. Obvious propaganda that any passing reader would recognize as such. Russian Collusion. What a farce.

Sad. For you.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Gosh, minion: same day you blather JUDGE finds NO Ru

Ok look your comment is just ridiculous. The Russians engaged in a sweeping and systematic campaign to influence the 2016 US election and without their ill-conceived and illegal campaign, Donald Trump would never have been elected. We have hard evidence of this, convincing and persuasive and obvious evidence that supports this election hacking. It’s all written down, documented, attested to, verified, and available for anyone to see in the Mueller Report.

And here’s the kicker – Donald Trump has very strange tastes in sexual experiences, not unlike the prosecutor in the Netflix drama “Billions”. Anytime you see people with “billions”, some lady is going to pee on some guy for the sexual thrill of it. We know this because a British secret agent colluded with Russian dis-information experts with money directly from Bill and Hillary Clinton. The whole Russian thing was her idea, she wrote that in her book, repeatedly and clearly.

So that’s the actual truth of it. Hillary Clinton paid for Russian Disinformation that was funneled through a British secret agent directly into the FISA Court so she (and all her friends) could SPY on Donald J. Trump while he PEED on ladies!. So don’t tell me Donald Trump didn’t Collude with the Russians. He was a pawn of the Russians, who were a pawn of Hillary Clinton, who makes pawns out of EVERYBODY!

Thank you for repeating and clarifying this COLLUSION NARRATIVE one MORE TIME! Without true believers like you, our message would never get out.


(You know who)

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Gosh, minion: same day you blather JUDGE finds N

Take too many sleeping pills before bed grandpa? Delusional much?

Let me break down the truth for you:

The US intelligence agencies have been spying on pretty much everybody for a long time now.

They illegally use their surveillance results to blackmail and destroy anyone who acts counter to their interests, they often use private sexual information to force people out of lifelong careers.

The Russians understand this, deeply and intimately.

They bait the FBI with disinformation that they KNEW the FBI COUND’T RESIST. How many right wing pundits have been outed to have sexual tastes that are unpopular or rude? ALL OF THEM!

The Russians knew the FBI could not resist this form of “click-bait”, because it was part and parcel of daily operations by US intelligence.

They fell for it, actually, painfully and wrongfully.

It was never true, and they were deluded by their twisted justifications, championed by Barry.

So quit being delusional, old man.

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Gosh, minion: same day you blather JUDGE finds NO Russian Go

Huh… the last time you were this desperate to whine about Russia, it was during the Mueller report’s release. Now, you’ve gone nuts over the last few days after the Epstein raid.

What is it about Trump’s friends being arrested that makes you lose your mind about Russia on irrelevant threads?

Anonymous Coward says:

I have examined 17,537 examples of the writing of PaulT, and compared them to 11,216 intercepted communications of Christopher Steele.

I am 100% they are one and the same.

And answer me this – who has a picture of PaulT? And who has a picture of Christopher Steele? There is only ONE or TWO pictures of Christopher Steele in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE! Google it! You’ll see!

And not one of PaulT! ANYWHERE! AT ALL!

What does that tell you?


(You know who)

D.N.C. Sabotage says:

Isikoff, Who First Peddled The Fake Steele Dossier, Invents

New ‘Russian Influence’ Story

Michael Isikoff was the first reporter who peddled the fake Steele dossier about alleged Russian influence over Donald Trump.

He later admitted that the claims therein were ‘likely false’.

Today Isikoff came up with a new fake story about ‘Russian influence’.


I’d forgotten this. It’s an admitted liar repeating, an order of magnitude less believable.

And of course Techdirt elides that fact and tries to hide every bit of dissent.

I just hope author of that blog doesn’t hate me from now on for putting a link here in this cesspit.

fakenews says:


Arron Mate, won awards for his reporting on russia gate, he is left wing, and says the entire thing is a load of bullshit. Jimmy Dore also left wing, says the entire thing is a load of bullshit. I suggest anyone believing this bullshit, listen to them, they have broken down all of the actual facts in the case. Like the $3000 spent on google, and the 10 memes posted on facebook, also the Podesta email saying "we can just blame it on Russia"

Concord Management shut down Mueller's fantasy says:

Follow up. Came across sources that PROVE MINION WRONG.

This piece is entirely on the topic:


It has this, for which I give the embedded link below:

Assange’s original statement: "our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party"


After running several pieces that Assange is a persecuted hero, you can’t suddenly claim that he’s lying.

It leaves the murdered Seth Rich as most likely source.

after Facebook Vice President Rob Goldman tweeted that "the majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election," he was forced to beg for forgiveness like a defendant in a Moscow show trial for daring to play down the magnitude of the crime.


TWO nailed-down original sources that entirely disprove your little assembly of second-hand lies.

As I’ve said, Techdirt can overlook any and all evidence in favor of its fantasies.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Follow up. Came across sources that PROVE MINION WRONG.

Assange? You mean the guy who was treated as the US’ sworn enemy when the Manning leaks happened?

There’s biting the hand that feeds you, and then there’s what blue does: gives himself a prostate massage, then upon licking it, complains that the fingers taste like poop.

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